Parsons holds the CISSP, PCIP, IAM, IEM and is HIPAA certified.  He is a 6-year veteran of USMC and resides in eastern North Carolina. He has been a member of the Coastal Carolina SCORE Chapter for over 2 years.

At the SCORE Chapter, Parsons facilitates small business roundtables and mentors SCORE clients on all aspects of Small Business planning and operations.  When called on, Parsons is the chapter subject matter expert to assist small businesses in meeting cybersecurity goals and compliance requirements.

Parsons is the principal at BlueTeamAssess LLC and is its Senior Cybersecurity Architect.  He believes information security has a tactical and strategic value proposition for any organization and must not be viewed as a discretionary expense.  His areas of expertise are in information technology, specifically in networking, information security, and risk and vulnerability management.

Parsons earned his BA from ECU, his MBA from the University of Maryland, and a graduate certificate in Information Security and Privacy from UNC at Charlotte. He is a Senior member of the ISSA and a Platinum member of ISACA.

Parsons installed the first firewall at Wachovia and served as the primary security engineer and architect for Wachovia's first Internet banking and brokerage products.  He has spoken before several local organizations on the subject of risk and vulnerability management and topics of current concern in information security.  He has led many risk assessment efforts and has developed security standards for technical devices and operating environments in major organizations including government, retail, and finance.  His passion is helping SMBs address the threats encountered from the Internet and understand the risks they face in their daily operation.

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